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Where Two Hearts Meet: A Novel
     

Where Two Hearts Meet: A Novel

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by Liz Johnson
 

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Evocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island

In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her

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Evocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island

In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen—and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival—it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800724504
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/2016
Series:
Prince Edward Island Dreams Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
152,594
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as director of marketing for a Christian radio network. She is the author of several novels including The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.

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Where Two Hearts Meet: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
sh2rose 3 months ago
As a fan of Liz Johnson’s first book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, The Red Door Inn, I looked forward to opening Where Two Hearts Meet. Two new components of this book were Caden, the chief at the Inn and Adam, a journalist staying on the island temporarily. Both struggle with their individual challenges. The beautiful and awesome island may be just the place for them to discover answers for the peace they need. I enjoyed this novel that deals with real life issues and hope you will, too. This would be great for your TBR beach or summer list. ~I received a copy from Revell and have given my honest review.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series by Liz Johnson. I shared the first one, The Red Door Inn, with you guys a little less than a year ago.... here. Continuing the story of the inn Marie and her new husband, Seth, have hired a local baker, Caden. Caden is also a sweet friend to Marie. She is hired to run the breakfast part of the new bed and breakfast. Caden is a local resident who grew up on the island. Her family owns the local bakery and Caden worked as her father's assistant there until Marie hired her. The story opens with Caden making her locally famous cinnamon rolls. A stranger, named Adam, shows up at the kitchen door that morning as she is working. He seems to be a day early for his reservation at the inn. There is not one room available for him but Marie offers him a roll away bed in a storage closet. He had no choice because everything else in town was full also. He gladly takes the option until he can get into his regular room the next day. As the story moves forward we find out that Adam is a freelance writer with some secrets in his past. His editor has sent him to the island for a mandatory vacation following a particularly trying assignment. Adam does not realize right away that his editor has an ulterior motive in sending him to this particular inn. As Adam's story unfolds Marie and her husband Seth are dealing with more trouble from Marie's father (see the review from her first book). In the midst of all of this the inn is struggling with some unexpected financial issues, Caden is battling her own confidence issues, a variety of guests bring their own stories into the mix and there is the ever present community full of colorful local characters A surprise call comes letting Marie know that a travel writer will be doing a surprise visit and possibly giving them a great write up in a popular travel magazine with the chance to be on the cover. The summer is not dull as people are in and out of the inn with an element of confusion ensuing. To top it all off Caden's nemesis, Bethany... a professionally trained chef from Toronto and former classmate, arrives in town just as a local lobster cook-off is coming up. Let the crazy summer adventure begin! The story is very foodie friendly with all the delicious things that come from that B&B kitchen. Caden's story is full of food and cooking adventures and I really loved that aspect as a foodie. It is a sweet story and it kept me guessing all the way through about how all the loose ends would be tied up at the end. I loved Caden.... she reminded me a lot of Sookie from Gilmore Girls and I adore Sookie!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I loved this second book in the series. I was delighted to see Caden grown and mature and conquer self-esteem issues during the course of this book. I think the story of her and Adam was sweet and wonderful. And I loved the new characters of Levi and Esther, too. As an Anne of Green Gables lover, I loved the few mentions of the famed red-headed orphan. As a two-time visitor to PEI, who fell in love with the Island all over again each time, I loved the descriptions of the Island. What a lovely book. I eagerly look forward to the next story.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson’s Red Door Inn was one of my favorite books of 2016. So, when I heard that the next book was releasing this fall, I knew I HAD to get it. Where Two Hearts Meet might even be a better book than the first. I love it when an author does that. So often, the middle book of a trilogy (or more) is a bit lackluster. This is not true of Where Two Hearts Meet. As with the first in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, this book takes place on Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia. And, even better, you’ll find Caden, the wonder baker, at Rose’s Red Door Inn. Can I just say that it was beautiful to read of a young woman who isn’t model perfect? When almost all American women are over size 2, it’s nice to see someone as a character who is definitely in the double size digits. And I loved her showing what I’ve heard men say often—that a woman who is curvy is just as attractive as one who is thin. Adam’s character appealed to me for similar reasons. He’s flawed. He’s attractive, but through her eyes. I can’t even remember if there was a description of him that made me think he is or not. I see him through her eyes and through his self-perception. He’s dealing with some seriously deep and horrible issues that add richness and depth to the story. And the supporting characters in this book are richer than we often get. I loved the couple staying at the inn and how they helped Adam work through things. One of the best elements was the humor that Johnson interjected at perfectly timed intervals. Yes, if you’ve noticed, I’m having a hard time avoiding spoilers!!! I can’t say much more than that I loved this book. It’s almost the best that I read in 2016. I highly recommend the book to lovers of Christian romance. I italicized that for a reason. If I have one complaint about this book it’s part of the romantic element. It’s not that it isn’t realistic or believable. It is. But there was at least one scene, possibly two, that I found um… very well described. Ahem. I know that there’s a fine line between writing realistic fiction that shows who we are, how our perceptions can skew reality, how God created us, and how we live that as Christians… and writing what merely stirs emotions and such. I think that line is going to be very different for people and this book may cross it for some. Just a heads-up there! Even with the slight discomfort with the physical affection, the story was so good, and most people probably wouldn’t be bothered by it, so I’m giving this five full stars. Can’t WAIT for the next one.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
When Where Two Hearts Meet arrived in my mailbox I was excited to once again travel to Prince Edward Island. I had enjoyed the story of Marie and Seth in The Red Door Inn and was looking forward to reading more of their story. This novel picks up shortly after the previous left off. Seth and Marie are now the owners of Rose's Red Door Inn and have hired Caden Holt to be their executive chef. If you read the first book you'll remember Caden as the somewhat insecure woman that worked in her father's bakery. Becoming the executive chef for the inn was just what she needed to boost her confidence. But of course as life is prone to do a few curve balls begin to come Caden's way and all those insecurities begin to surface again. Adam Jacobs arrives at the inn and immediately begins to stir longings in Caden that she thought she had put away. The next arrival is Caden's arch nemesis Bethany Burke. Bethany is seemingly everything that Caden is not and that just adds layer after layer of insecurities. A lot of us are like Caden, a little on the curvy side with a heaping dose of self-doubt to go along with it, so her character is easy to relate to. It was interesting to watch her character develop from a woman that runs from her problems to one that puts on her brave cape and faces the challenges. What I liked the most is that she learned that this ability to be brave doesn't really come from belief in yourself but in belief of the One who made you. Overall this is a wonderful story about two people overcoming obstacles through faith and perseverance. I enjoyed the blossoming romance between Caden and Adam and the continued story of Seth and Marie as well as the rest of the North Rustico residents. Where Two Hearts Meet can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, but I would recommend reading The Red Door Inn first to get a deeper understanding of what is going on. Plus it's just a great story so why skip it? I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
As executive chef of Rose’s Red Door Inn in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Caden is a picture of calm competency and culinary creativity who exudes an obvious love of her home, having grown up on PEI. Unfortunately, it’s been brought to light that the inn is in dire straits. To help save the inn, Caden is tasked with involuntarily sharing her kitchen with a writer named Adam Jacobs. Adam is not the writer Caden’s boss is expecting, but she doesn’t know it. When Caden figures it out and puts the pieces together, she recognizes that his article could do way more harm than good. It could ruin instead of redeem. And though it’d be unexpected to them, hearts could also be broken. Anne of Green Gables transported me, at a young age, to Prince Edward Island, so I have always been intrigued by PEI, though I’ve yet to visit. I will readily admit that I chose this book because of the story’s setting. And I loved the book. I don’t normally genuinely enjoy contemporary romance novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed “Where Two Hearts Meet.” Johnson created a storyscape that is whimsical without being fluffy and with relatable characters. She transports you to a town on an island that actually exists, which probably helps make it feel so real that you think you could make a reservation at Rose’s Red Door Inn, meet Marie and her husband, and enjoy Caden’s homemade cinnamon rolls. This story is a scrumptious delight – rich and sweet with depth of flavor! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
MysM More than 1 year ago
More Romance in Beautiful PEI I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Revell Books, in exchange for an honest review. Where Two Hearts Meet is the second novel in Liz Johnson's Prince Edward Island Dreams series. The first book, The Red Door Inn, was reviewed by me last March and when I saw this one, I couldn't wait to read it; I devoured it in one day. And 'devoured' is the appropriate word since the main character, Caden Holt, is chef at the B & B featured in the first book, the Red Door Inn, and her specialty is breakfast sweets and treats for the guests of the Inn. This book can stand alone but I recommend that you start with the first book in the series to have the full background of all the characters; it will make it a much richer experience for you. There are several intertwining plot lines in this foodie romance that takes place on the red dirt island of Anne of Green Gables. Caden discovers that the Inn is in trouble. Her boss, Marie Carrington Sloane, is being sued by her wealthy father to gain control of a trust fund left to her by her mother. Meanwhile, the lawsuit has the money tied up, the Inn needs a new roof, and there are empty rooms over the summer that won't pay the incoming bills. The good news is that Marie has heard from a friend that the Inn is one of the finalists to be reviewed for the immensely popular travel magazine, Rest & Retreats, spring edition, that could be the solution to all their problems. The bad news is that Marie and Caden decide the undercover columnist for the magazine must be the handsome Adam Jacobs who arrived a day earlier than his reservation and was put in a basement apartment on a roll-away called the Taco Bed. Not a good beginning. Caden hopes to help the Inn by winning first place in this year's Island Lobster Bake-Off but her nemesis, Bethany Burke, a properly-trained chef who has had her own restaurant in Toronto, has returned to town with plans to not only win the event for the third year in a row but things she'd like Caden's job at the Inn as well as Adam. While a friendship begins between Caden and Adam, Caden's self-confidence is pretty low and she's certain that Adam would prefer Bethany. Meanwhile, Adam has issues of his own he's dealing with that cause him terrifying nightmares he can't shake. As a recovering alcoholic, Adam is trying hard to stick with his new addiction: Caden's coffee and treats. His friendship with Caden and an elderly couple also staying at the Inn help him work out some of these issues but leave him in an even worse quandary which may cost him his job. There are lots of interesting characters in this novel including several of the townsfolk introduced in the first novel but adding in a group of 5 teenagers Caden is teaching cooking basics two afternoons a week, a friend at the dairy farm Adam mistakes for a rival, the actual undercover writer who gives Caden an idea of a way to help boast the Inn's revenues, and an unconventional celebrity chef from Toronto who comes to help judge the bake-off. The descriptions of the breathtaking PEI scenery and the island's small-town culture give the story its finishing touches. This is a fast, irresistible read. I'll be looking forward to many more enjoyable novels from Liz Johnson.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series and LOVED it so I couldn’t wait to read this next installment. I am happy to say the wait was worth it. This book is just as good. I loved visiting Prince Edward Island again, is sounds so beautiful and seeing it through Caden’s eyes as she shows Adam around the island. I could so relate to Caden and her insecurities. She is constantly concerned what others think about her, I have struggled with that a lot. I also enjoyed the fact that Caden wasn’t a super skinny character like most are. She carries some extra weight like most of us who read the books She was very real. Adam has his own demons he is wrestling and they aren’t as easily identifiable. Liz slowly reveals Adam’s brokenness. There is so much going on in this book that will keep you reading, there is never a dull moment. If you enjoy contemporary romance I am sure you will like this one. A copy of this book was given to through the publisher. All opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Where Two Hearts Meet was a sweet and touching romance set on beautiful Prince Edward Island. This lovely story had plenty of lighthearted and humorous moments, yet delved into much deeper issues as well. Some of the topics covered were self image, alcoholism,and guilt. Where Two Hearts Meet is book two in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, yet can be enjoyed even if you have not read book one. I have read book one, The Red Door Inn, and it was wonderful to catch up with characters from the first book. However, the main story is definitely about Caden and Adam. I really enjoyed learning about their back stories and watching them grow closer together. They both carried some baggage that they had to learn to overcome. Very enjoyable and heartfelt story. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free paperback copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I am absolutely in love with Caden and Adam. And Esther and Levi. As well as a host of other secondary characters in WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET. I loved that Caden taught cooking lessons to high school students. I imagine her kitchen was a fun and noisy place as they joked and laughed and learned. I loved the way Adam found his way into her kitchen and never really left. And I prayed and held my breath along with Caden when she entered the lobster cook-off? Would she finally win? I also ached along with Adam as he had to admit his failings as a person, a son, and a journalist. He carried a lot of weight. I wanted him to keep his job. Really. Well, sort of. Because I wasn't sure how an American journalist could fall in love with a Canadian chef without one of them giving up their current position. And face it, this is a romance. The happy-ever-after is expected. And it was so not a let down. This book had me at the first page and held my attention to the very end. I loved WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET and if you haven't picked up your copy yet, do it now. An awesome story! 5 stars. I cannot wait for the third book in this series.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I loved visiting the Red Door Inn again! Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. If you read the first book, The Red Door Inn, then you already know how fun Caden is. As soon as I found out the next book was going to be about her I could hardly wait to dig in. The teaser for this story in the back of the first book was torture. Johnson writes characters that are easy to relate to, and a lot of fun to read about. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. And had the hardest time putting the book down. This book follows Caden as she meets and gets to know Adam. Caden has always lived life in the background. Everyone knows who she is, but no one really knows her. Thinking she is too overweight and plain looking, Caden doesn't think she will ever find love. When Adam walks into her sanctuary her whole world is changed. There is just something about him that helps her drop some of her walls. When Caden learns hat there is a mystery writer planning on visiting the Inn, she knows she must do everything she can to help the Inn. Will feelings get in the way or what needs to be done? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction. I had fun picturing what life was like on the island. Johnson mixed just the right amount of romance in, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! I appreciate Revell making a copy of this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, November 11, 2016 Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson, © 2016 Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2 The clouds covered the moon, and the only exterior light came from the intermittent lightning. And the occasional sweep of the lighthouse's beam across the water. Where Two Hearts Meet, 211. Comfortable in your own world, doing what you know to do, all is well until your employer asks you to be a tour guide for one of the B&B summer visitors. Return to Rose's Red Door Inn on Prince Edward Island and share more dreams the islanders didn't know they had. Expansion of ideas to include more guests and activities honed just for them, finding out strengths that have always been there but not exposed because they weren't stirred alive. I liked how Seth and Marie Sloane trusted their chef, Caden Holt, as part of their team, encouraging her to take on more than she saw in herself. She develops an added incentive, however, uncertain how she is going to follow through. Two guests shine in encouragement ~ Esther and Levi Eisenberg. I hope they will return each summer! What a bright spot they are. Their character and silence in contentment are so rich and their love and understanding of each other so vibrant. Adam Jacobs arrives in an unusual way ~ entering through the kitchen sanctum. Marie is certain she doesn't have a reservation for him today, nor an empty guest room. The whiff of cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven draws him. Caden's domain. So much to enjoy and learn about trust and confidence, this summer is going to be different for Caden as she realizes her strengths and solid continuance. Her skills are far reaching as she offers guidance with depth and importance that will be lasting. Author Liz Johnson writes with a flair that is heartwarming and certain to draw you into Caden's kitchen too. Where Two Hearts Meet may be read as a stand-alone novel, but you won't want to miss any of the books in this series ~ book 1, The Red Door Inn, and On Love's Gentle Shore, book 3, to follow ~ coming summer 2017. Her characters become family as they appear and bloom on the page. So enjoyable to meet them again. ***Thank you to Revell Reads for inviting me to be part of the book tour for Where Two Hearts Meet, and for sending a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Author Liz Johnson takes us back to the beautiful Prince Edward Island of Anne of Green Gables fame. This time we are reunited with Caden Holt who is now the chef for the Red Door Inn. I really liked Caden and all of her internal dialogue and her quirks of nervousness as she felt she was not quite up to anybody’s standards. She is self-conscious of many things: her body, her place in the community, and she feels she is missing something. Enter Adam, a reporter with demons hounding him from his past, who has come to the Island by request (demand) from his editor for a sabbatical. The very first time they meet is memorable, especially when Adam tastes Caden’s cinnamon rolls for the first time. I personally think that is when he began falling in love with her. This story is like a nice stroll through the Island, with the ups and downs of running an inn, issues that still need to be resolved from the previous book, and learning about the landmarks and places that make this place so special. Due to this series of books I would really like to visit Prince Edward Island and hope that there is someone there that could make those cinnamon rolls I have been drooling for. This was a sweet and lovely romance about two people who need to let go of what is holding them back from a much bigger purpose and a more blessed life. I received this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
Karatheredhead More than 1 year ago
I have loved the idea of Prince Edward Island since watching Avonlea/Anne of Green Gables, so I definitely had to pick up Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson! I was not disappointed. I am very similar to Caden, since I too am an introvert, so it was very easy to relate to her. I loved reading about the B&B, I always enjoy books with any kind of B&B/hotel/etc. I have not read the first book, but I enjoyed the characters of Marie and Seth, so I will definitely go back and read the first book! My heart went out to Adam, since he is plagued with regret and guilt. Caden and Adam's romance is a very sweet one. I can't wait to read the next novel in Summer 2017! I also look forward to reading more by Liz Johnson!
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Where Two Hearts Meet is book 2 in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, written by Liz Johnson. Caden Holt is the chef for Roses Red Door Inn. The Inn is having financial struggles and the father of the Inn owner is causing her problems with receiving the money her mother left her. The owner is notified by a friend that the Inn was chosen to be visited by a report to possibly appear in a spring magazine issue. If this goes through successfully, this will help the Inn. But they do not know who the reporter is. Meanwhile journalist Adam Jacobs arrives at the Inn a day early for time off to recover from a tragic event. Caden and her boss assume Adam is the reporter coming to check out the Inn for the article. So Caden’s boss asks her to spend time with him and show him the area. Adam has a habit of walking into the kitchen, which is suppose to be off limits to guests. Caden become comfortable with him being in the kitchen and when he does not show up like normal she misses him. There is also an underlying story running through the main story. Every year the town had a lobster cook off to find the best lobster dish. Caden gives young people cooking lessons and each of them is required to enter. Caden has also entered many years but she has not won it. She feels she needs to win it this year to keep her job at the inn. This is a very good book. It is book 2 in the series, but not having read the first one, I was able to follow along with the story very easily. I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions of the various parts of the island made me feel like I was there seeing the beaches and sand. I also enjoyed the humor the author has written in with the young people learning to cook. One of the things that stands out for me in the story is when Adam is struggling with the tragedy he lives with, he talks with another guest. The guest explains to Adam that what helped him was Grace. The other guest explains it’s about being good enough or strong enough. It’s about acknowledging your need for Grace and accepting it. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and after reading it was glad to see there would be another one. The book tells the story of Caden and Adam. Caden is a chef at the Red Door Inn and loves her job. When she is asked to show a visiting journalist around, it is not in her comfort zone, but she agrees to do it. I enjoyed the interaction between the charters and how Caden responds as she realizes that Adam is not quite who she thought he was. I liked how thing worked as the book progressed. I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characterization and an engaging plot make Where Two Hearts Meet a delightful read! I love visiting Prince Edward Island and the fictional bed and breakfast Liz Johnson has created. The sights and sounds of the Red Door Inn and the island come to life with each turn of the page. Full of sweetness, from Caden’s cinnamon rolls to her relationship with Adam, Where Two Hearts Meet is a tantalizing and enchanting tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am eager to continue the Prince Edward Island Dreams series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A delightful return trip to PEI... Where Two Hearts Meet Prince Edward Island Dreams #2 By Liz Johnson Working in the kitchen of Rose's Red Door Inn is the perfect job for Caden Holt. She feels in her element when she is creating in the kitchen and it is safe and away from the critical eyes of North Rustico. Most of her life Caden felt that she was a disappointment and didn't quite measure up to the expectations of those she had grown up knowing. But this summer everything is about to change. The inn is in trouble and Marie Sloane has tasked Caden with the job of impressing visiting journalist Adam Jacobs with the splendor of the island and the charm of the inn - starting with her kitchen and culinary skills. Sent to Prince Edward Island Adam is determined to uncover a story that will re-energize his writing and to find a way to deal with his guilt. The charm of the island is about to work its magic yet again as Caden steps out of the kitchen and shares it with Adam. But when Adam has his story will Caden return to the kitchen or will she leave the door she opened open to the world she's discovered? Those who read the previous book in this series The Red Door Inn will love the return to Prince Edward Island. Though several of the main characters from the previous book are in Where Two Hearts Meet this book is Caden and Adam's story. Reading the first book is not necessary to thoroughly enjoy this book. You can catch up on the Red Door Inn's story later. I really enjoy getting to know Caden (after her introduction in the previous book) and I totallt love how she feels about lobster. And by the way did I mention the annual North Shore Lobster Cook-Off that Caden just has to win. Liz Johnson has brought to life a town that I wouldn't mind visiting and perhaps even calling home. A book that is worth getting acquainted with. And I'm eagerly looking forward to my next visit. I was provided a reviewer's copy by the publisher Revell with no expectation of a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series that I have read, and I enjoyed this one as much as the first, and can’t wait for the next one to come out. We are back with Marie and Seth, and Caden Holt is their chef, and if I could only eat the words, the food sounds so so good, but an old nemesis is back in town, Bethany, and she wants to take Caden’s job. Of course Caden is insecure, and seems to think that Bethany might be able to steal her job, what can she do? When Marie asks Caden to show their guest Adam Jacobs around the Island, she has to come out of her shell to try and help save the Inn, but she gets more than she has bargained for. While Adam fights his demons, he has to come to terms with several deaths that he blames himself for, and there are other visitors to the Inn that might just be able to help him, if he will let them. Come and enjoy a beautiful area of our World, a bit of romance, and a lot of delicious cooking. I received this book through Revell Book Blogger’s Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “That’s the thing about grace. It doesn’t let you give up even when you want to. It gives you the strength to keep surrendering that guilt and regret. … It’s about recognizing that what we did or didn’t do doesn’t make us enough. … Grace isn’t about being good enough or strong enough. It’s just about acknowledging your need for it and accepting it.” ** Liz Johnson returns to the shores of Prince Edward Island in “Where Two Hearts Meet,” following the story of baker and chef extraordinaire Caden Holt. Picking up two years after the series’ first installment (and yes, Marie and Seth are married!), Johnson’s latest novel features the sweet and lovely, but not overly confident Caden. She is now working for the Sloanes as the executive chef at Rose’s Red Door Inn — which is facing potential financial difficulties. Writer Adam Jacobs has come to the inn as part of a two-month sabbatical as he overcomes a deadly trauma in his recent past. As he deals with feelings of guilt and blame, he comes to fall in love with this quaint little Canadian province, the inn and maybe even its chef. As Caden works to help Marie and Seth save their inn, and Adam works to save his job as a reporter, relationships begin to bloom. “Where Two Hearts Meet” is a lovely story with delightful characters. Caden is pure joy, but she is also very flawed. She is so real with very common issues that many readers will relate to her. Adam is pure ruggedness, but he also struggles with the repercussions of his past actions. Fellow guests Levi and Esther are a true breath of fresh air with an inspirational past. They teach both Caden and Adam some very valuable lessons. Besides great characters, this novel is filled with great inspirational gems — dealing with blame and guilt; forgiveness, especially of ones self; feeling useful and like you never measure up; making assumptions, and the bumpy paths they can take you on; and accepting grace. This book will both make you laugh and cry, as it’s filled with many funny moments, as well as tender ones. And whether you’ve been lucky enough to visit Prince Edward Island or not, “Where Two Hearts Meet” will definitely make you want to visit the island and its beautiful shores. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
StacyA64 More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson takes us back to Prince Edward Island for a second time in Where Two Hearts Meet. Sweet, unassuming Caden Holt is the executive chef at The Red Door Inn, a job she loves and is quite good at in spite of her insecurities and shyness. Handsome Adam Jacobs is a war correspondent on a forced sabbatical. He is trying to cope with the unrelenting guilt of a story gone horribly wrong and the writer's block that has taken over. The pair seem to have nothing in common but are thrown together when Caden's boss mistakenly assumes Adam to be the writer from a travel magazine and asks Caden to show him the island and really make it and the inn look good. Unhappy about the assignment, Caden reluctantly agrees...only because if they don't book enough guests for the following year the inn may close and her job will no longer exist! For his part, Adam is under pressure from his editor to write a long overdue article and he knows he's been sent to the inn for a reason, that there's a story, but in an effort to get him back in the game, his editor won't do more than give him clues as to what story is there. As the two spend time in the kitchen and exploring the island a friendship forms between the two and sparks begin to fly. Can they overcome the things in their pasts and trust each other? Would a long distance relationship even have a chance? Read Where Two Hearts Meet to find out.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! This is a beautiful and touching story that will stay with you even after you close the book. Liz Johnson takes the reader back to Prince Edward Island to Rose's Red Door Inn located in North Rustico. I was immediately transported to the Island and drawn into this story as though I was a character watching it all unfold. This is Caden's story. Caden Holt is now the chef at Rose's Red Door Inn. She's a very dedicated employee and goes to great lengths to see that the guests were full and happy during their stay. She has always been unsure or lacking confidence in herself in all areas except the kitchen. I'm sure growing up and working with her dad in the bakery helped a lot with this. She is a beautiful, young woman with a good heart, but for some reason Caden just doesn't see it. The arrival of Adam Jacobs just throws her completely off balance. The Inn is needs to keep its rooms full and in the absence of the owner Caden steps up to help out. Suddenly she has more to deal with than just baking her famous cinnamon rolls. Adam is a reporter from the states and has been instructed by his editor to take a few weeks to rest up. This story is full of dreams, faith, hope and grace with a little bit of humor thrown in. It has a sweet, steady plot full of romantic tension. Full of beautiful imagery. Has engaging characters that are complex, but easy to love. Even after finishing the book I still found myself thinking about the characters. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a clean, feel good romance. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I'm so glad I picked up Where To Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson! Yes, this is book 2 of the Prince Edward Island series, and yes, I'm going to read book one for sure now! Somehow, I've been doing things backwards lately, including starting on a series not from the beginning. It doesn't truly matter, especially with this one. It reads nicely as a standalone, and I wasn't lost at all. Where Two Hearts Meet is warm, endearing and simply delectable. Our main characters each carry some emotional baggage, and I love how the author plays it out, allowing them to sort through, acknowledge and ultimately overcome because of love from others and from God. It's not to say, that's all and they won't ever have to deal with it again. Instead, it's something that doesn't need to overtake you, or put you down. It doesn't need to be forgotten, but remembered. "You can't spend you life thinking only of the ones you've lost. Not when the living need you too" (336) The romance was sweet and the supporting characters added quite the comical element to Caden and Adam's romantic story. That scene with Aretha and Esther talking about them as if Caden's not right there listening! Goodness! I felt a tad bit mortified for Caden, when I'm not even there (or that I'm a fictional character in the book)! Heartfelt and filled with grace, add in having set in the beautiful Prince Edward Island, Where Two Hearts Meet will not disappoint. Just don't get sidetrack by all the food talk in there! *wink wink. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
dbtrueheart More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson has done it again! Where Two Hearts Meet is my NEW favorite book of all time. I am loving the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. Like the Red Door Inn, this book has sweetness and laughter and romance, and some really hard issues, but most of all it has faith. Caden has so much to be proud of, but cannot see it. She’s sweet and giving and fun. She belts out show tunes with the same zest and energy she puts into her cooking. She creates marvelous breakfasts and to-die-for afternoon treats for the guests at the Red Door Inn. But her self-image is colored by how she views her looks. She believes she is content, but she lacks the ambition and confidence her accomplishments should provide. Reading Caden’s journey to self-confidence was a joy. To Caden, cooking is about serving and pleasing others. Not about kudos and compliments. Although Caden really, really wants to win the annual Lobster cook off, for herself and to save the Red Door Inn, the creation of her recipe becomes more about making something people will want to eat than about winning. Her own skill and Adam’s confidence in her allows her to triumph. Throughout the book, we see her belief and trust in God grow and change. Adam’s survivor guilt has him floundering in the darkness. He was a non-combatant, a journalist, embedded in a military unit in a war zone. He feels responsible for the deaths of two men he had been profiling. He believes that his articles from the front caused their deaths. He cannot stop replaying the incident in his nightmares. This threatens his sobriety. Forced into a sabbatical by his editor/mentor, Adam arrives in PEI a day early for a month-long recovery. Caden’s sweetness, and her sweets, draw him out of his self-imposed exile of the soul and into a new understanding of Who God is. Marie (the co-owner of the Red Door Inn from the first book in the series) thinks Adam is the “undercover” travel writer she’s been told to expect and asks Caden to show him the beauty of Prince Edward Island with an eye to rescuing the inn from failure. As Caden shows Adam the island and shares her love for the Red Door Inn and her job as their chef, a unique relationship builds between Caden and Adam. They laugh and share and heal. As always, Ms. Johnson has thrown us some lovely peripheral characters. On one side of the equation are the Eisenburgs. An older couple that share their breakfast table with Adam. Levi Eisenburg provides a wise foil to Adam’s grief. Sharing his own past and healing and journey of faith, Levi guides Adam to see his life in the light of God’s plan. On the other side of the equation are the lively teens that Caden is teaching to cook. They adore her and she adores them. The lessons she gives them are more than about cooking, they are about life. And they return the favor. I have been a Liz Johnson fan since I read her first book, maybe eight years ago. However, this book was the most difficult for me to read. I have felt Caden’s insecurity. I have suffered her self-esteem issues. And Ms Johnson nailed them. To the door. I felt those feelings again reading Where Two Hearts Meet. But, Liz doesn’t stop there. She brings faith and love together to heal two hearts and pointed me, once again, to the God Who heals our hearts. Two Hearts can be read as a stand-alone, but to get the whole history of the Red Door Inn and the people who live there, it would be good to read The Red Door Inn, the first book in the series. I receiv
kp68 More than 1 year ago
Where Two Hearts Meet is the latest tale in Liz Johnson's series, Prince Edward Island Dreams. When you meet Caden Holt, The Red Door Inn executive chef, her routine day is suddenly interrupted by a guest, Adam Jacobs. He has arrived a day earlier than he was expected and there is no spot for him to lay his head! When Caden and the inn's owner learn that a surprise writer will be coming to review their inn, they instantly suspect Adam, who told them that he is a writer himself. Caden is tasked with showing Adam the sights and sounds of the island, to give him a positive experience of the inn's location! While Caden and Adam visit the high points of Prince Edward Island, they seem to be slowly building a relationship, that is more than merely business-related; they are actually becoming friends! As Adam opens up with the hard details of his past, Caden learns that Adam is not the secret writer they were expecting; but rather he is there to write a piece that could hurt the inn's owner, in a much more personal way! Hold on to see where these characters end up by the final page! I received this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/